OF BUNI’S EXCEPTIONAL APPROACH TO APC RECOVERY
On June 25th, 2020, Nigeria’s ruling political party the APC, took a decisive measure to save the party from an imminent collapse. The party was sitting on the edge of a cliff drifting towards disintegration. Numerous internal wranglings, several court cases and power play were threatening the very existence of the party.
The party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), was left with the only option of dissolving the National Working Committee (NWC). And so it was, the NWC was dissolved.
The next challenge was to get the right person for the job at this challenging moment. The unanimous decision of NEC in nomination of Hon. Mai Mala Buni, Yobe state Governor to chair the13 member Caretaker committee to rescue the party became necessary and obvious.
While inaugurating members of the Caretaker Committee, Gov. Buni reminded the committee that the task ahead was herculean yet, achievable. He emphasized the policy of true reconciliation, justice and fairness to all as the major antidote to reclaim the party.
The first major reconciliatory/consultation move was a visit to the legendary Bisi Akande at his Ila Orangun country home in Osun state. This, became the beginning of the success story for the assignment.
Governor Buni, supported by Abubakar Bagudu Governor of Kebbi state and chairman Progressives Governors forum, Abubakar S. Bello of Niger state and their Osun state counterpart, Boyega Oyetola, had consistently expressed optimism that it will be a true reconciliation of all members and, a successful rehabilitation of the party.
Akande, a key founding member of APC did not mince words while receiving the team. He said in clear and unambiguous terms that the calibre of people on the committee and others who visited him had renewed his hope for a new APC. He said with Mai Mala chairing the committee, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
“There is a great hope in what l have seen today in this committee, the party will certainly bounce back to life and much stronger. I will continue to leave myself open to the committee and, also call on other stakeholders to support the promising committee to rescue the party.”
For Buni, the reception accorded the committee by Akande, was a tonic for the committee to work assiduously to achieve the set goal of reinventing the party.
“With such support and encouragement from founding members like Chief Bisi Akande, we are strengthened and confident that all stakeholders would extend the required support for the party to emerge more stronger” he said.
Some stakeholders of the party were however skeptical over the possibility of the Buni led commitee to convince Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The skeptics believed that, the Adams Oshiomole National Working Committee that was dissolved was a political structure of Tinubu. It was feared that the National leader would not forgive the dissolution so easily. However, his acceptance to see the Buni committee within such a short notice, to many, came as a surprise.
What was more surprising were his comments after their meeting. The feared Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said “the meeting was about consultation and not reconciliation. There is no problem in the party that calls for reconciliation, what we have is consultation for the growth of the party.”
That singular outing by Gov. Buni and his team was a turning point towards repositioning of the party. This was supported by other talks going on between the committee and other seeming aggrieved stakeholders who were quick to embrace the policy of true reconciliation preached by the committee.
For those closely following the Caretaker committee, it was not surprising when on Friday afternoon, Gov. Buni led former Speaker House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara to the Presidential villa to see President Muhammadu Buhari. The outcome of the meeting was the announcement of Dogara’s return to APC. Dogara was a former APC stalwart who was eventually elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives. He left APC for PDP when he fell out with the former Governor of Bauchi, his home state, Mohammed Abubakar.
The return of Dogara back to APC, is by all standard and measure, a big catch for the party. Hon. Dogara remains a national figure with a lot of political influence within and outside Bauchi state. His earlier defection from APC to PDP before the 2019 election, caused political havoc to APC losing Bauchi state to PDP. He is indeed a valued treasure for any political party.
The policy of fair play and justice as preached by the Caretaker committee was practicalised in the just concluded APC primary election in Ondo state. Dialogue dominated the campaigns which saw many aspirants stepping down in the interest of the party while those who contested were given equal opportunities and fair hearing. This became a solution to the initial fear of violence in the Ondo primary election.
Dogara’s return to APC within just a month after the Caretaker Committee was constituted, significantly implies that more big wigs who left the party for feeble and shallow reasons and now engaged by the Buni led committee, are definitely on their way back to the party.
As the events unfold, all eyes are now looking towards Yola for the return of the Atikus, Kano for Kwankwaso, llorin for Saraki and Sokoto for Tambuwal among others.
Buni’s approach, which is centered on true reconciliation, justice and fair play, has no doubt taken the path of building a sustainable internal democracy in the APC, and opening a new chapter of developmental democracy for national growth. It also builds the capacity of political parties on fairness, transparency and equal opportunities to politicians to actualize their political ambitions. The approach if sustained, would check unnecessary cross carpeting which has become a political fashion in Nigeria’s democracy.
This is an approach that needs to be supported by true Democrats and emulated by all political parties including the PDP who had to pay the price of losing the 2015 election.
Mamman is the Director General Press and Media Affairs to Gov. Mai Mala Buni
Nigeria, 60 years after independence, still toddling
Nigeria, 60 years after independence, still toddling
By Haruna Yusuf
Today marks 60 years of independence from British colonial rule. Nigeria gained her independence on 1st October 1960. Nigeria is among the 17 African countries who seek liberation and got their independence, as Ghana got hers in1957, 3 years before Nigeria.
Nigeria is among the largest, if not the largest country in Africa with the population of about 180million people with different cultural backgrounds, heritages and believes. Nigeria with it’s diversify, abundant natural and human resources, yet rated the third country with the most poorest individuals as citizens.
Nigeria’s recent history has been a mixed picture of partial progress and woeful setbacks, marked by democratic stability, economic woes, corruption and pocket of progress amid development, education and damning health challenges among others.
Nigeria as a country and Nigerians as citizens narrowly escaped from colonial dominations and slavery only to enter into a new and premeditated covert era of resources exploitation and subjection.
Nigeria with all modesty witnessed a peaceful transfer of power in its recent elections, in which President Muhammdu Buhari the incumbent defeated Good luck Ebele Jonathan in a tight presidential race in 2015.
Good luck Jonathan faced tribulations from the present ruling all progressive congress (APC) which was the powerful opposition, accusation of financial mismanagement, abuse of political power, lack of will to settle the issues of insecurity, health, power and unemployment among other issues that was holding Nigeria to ransom, but now, reverse is the case.
Nigeria was one of Africa’s giant and most dynamic economics for many years after independence during the military era of Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria was the largest coco export in Africa. But six decades on, Nigeria is mired in problems, still struggling to build an economic model that encourages enduring growth, addresses poverty and provides a future for its youth.
Youth “explosion” the most dangerous and consuming factor facing [email protected] the moment. ” The most striking change for me, is the increasing reality of disaffected youth- a younger population that is ready to explode at any slightest opportunity. They’re hungry for political emancipation of freedoms, they’re hungry for economic opportunities and they’re hungry for social fulfilment.
Joblessness is a major peril, unemployed youths are the easiest prey for armed groups, especially the decade nightmare engulfing the peace and stability of Nigeria especially in the northeast (Boko Haram) Northwest/ central the kidnappers and armed bandits while the south/east the rising cultism, ritualist and rape among others. The Jihadi movements in the sahel became a stumbling block for development and dividend of democracy. This may always be tempted to risk clandestine emigration, often at the cost of their dare lives.
Poverty, injustice and inequality is the greatest factor crippling the peace and stability of Nigeria. A country bound by a repugnance and remorseful constitution that seems applicable to only the vulnerable and irrelevant in the society. A country so blinded by hate and cumulating sentimentalists, a country where “everyone else” is a hypocrite in his/her own way. A country with so many educated illiterates and maybe a country with many delusional and deranged ideologist.
If and only, we can trace and see in the realm of Nigeria, not through but above our noses how blessed this country is, both in human and natural resources, then and there,we’ll have embraced nature and make a better part out of our miserable life.
The bleak future and clouded uncertainties we found ourselves in, is a manmade and calculated proportion that could’ve been averted if we ever had wished to be contained, but we are blinded by hatred for one another and tied to sentiment and inflicted by our delusional ideologies of divide and rule instead of oneness and coexistence.
It is a pity to say, but it’s quite unfortunate in a normal view that politics is unrelated to our every day life, the country of Nigeria has three embodied arms of Government that the average person knows nothing about and should’ve a problem with, especially when it comes to the political publicity and awareness. The undiluted truth about Nigeria political system isn’t always about the people that it suppose to be as constituted in democracy nor the Government that supposed to be for the people, by and with the people. But ultimate “power” to extort and subject the same people tribulation.
Corruption is a monster that has brought about catastrophic setbacks and maiming of millions of vulnerable Nigerians from independence to military dictatorship to this acclaimed present day democrazy.
Nigeria has not recovered from the diabolic thievery of Abatcha and his acolytes, thousands have died perhaps more than in a holocaust, thousands are still dying due to our potholes on the roads, insecurity, lack of portable drinking water, medical healthcare facilities among others.
Corruption in Nigeria is more of malicious than civil war, communal clashes and Boko haram combined. Our politicians always have their ways through the maze by bribing and buying the conscience of the electorates.
Democracy and Nigeria are like Siamese twins, through conjoined very maneuvering, they are uncomfortable and under intense pressure that could result in all forms of hurt, even death, although, democracy may not be strange to an overwhelming percentage of Nigerians, what may be strange to them is the brand of democracy that invests, first and foremost in human and material resources for purposes of political stability, economic viability, scientific advancement, technical breakthrough, educational development and life-enhancing social services, given the general optimism that Nigeria was going to be the bastion of democracy in Africa.
A lot has to be done and some has to be let go, before we can come out of the spirit of crippling and stagnating bondages.
A piece by Haruna Yusuf the publisher of Daily Hint Newspapers
Buni: A tireless and resolute champion
Buni : A tireless and resolute champion
By Haruna Yusuf
His excellency, Mai Mala Buni, the executive Governor of Yobe state and the chairman of the ruling all progressive congress (APC) caretaker/Extraordinary national convention.Buni is always known to be a game changer and it is believed he has whatever it takes to turn around the fortunes of his state to the best and also bring back sanity in APC.
Buni’s antecedents stem from the beginning of his political career as a ward councillor at a tender age and rose rather rapidly through the political atmosphere of Yobe to the National/Secretary, now caretaker chairman of the ruling all progressive congress.
There are times when we make history and there times when history makes us, Buni’s main characteristics are resilience, consistency, knowledge, people -skill, motivational approach and leading by example..What really made him great is, his foresight, vision, strategic planning and ability to serve, a leader par excellence.
Loyalty is something one should take very seriously, because loyalty is everything, whether it’s a friendship, relationship or a boss as an example. Putting your trust in someone and being loyal to them is something that is rare this days and hard to come by, people are brought up in different ways based on culture and believes, but what made Buni genuine is loyalty, consistency and honesty at all times, he is brave in his thinking and daring in action, that’s why he accomplishes everything he stands for and this assignment of reconciliation and bringing back sanity in APC is not and would not be an exception.
Today everyone can see Buni’s report card, he has scored extremely well, he has shown prudence especially in the use of merger resources of his state and the assignment of bringing sanity back in the ruling all progressive (congress APC) as the caretaker chairman. He is quite, very peaceful, not a noise maker but delivering on the job he signed for. Even as a National secretary of the ruling party he towered above his contemporaries in being an astute manager of people, a discipline leader and someone to be trusted with the state’s lean treasury to perform miracle, that lends credence to why we should appreciate the courage and sincerity of purpose of this personality in rising to the sacred state and national duty.
Gov. Buni has so far, proved to be the best in governance and service delivery mandate, a level headed leader who is beyond reproach, he comes as consensus builder and one individual who will never improve himself at the expense of the people of the state, he is known and certified to be an astute manager of people and All-inclusive leader at all times.
Buni before now, has maintained a constraint office of the ruling all progressive congress (APC) National secretary, a role that comes with high visibility, but average authority, still when judged by how well he was able to operate within the ambit, his records are strong, exemplary, transparent and committed in resolving internal crisis, this offers good example of Buni’s leadership style before emerging the Yobe state Governor.
Gov. Buni Restoring Sanity in APC
Gov. Buni Restoring Sanity in APC
By Haruna Yusuf Abuja
The chairman of the ruling All progressive congress (APC) caretaker/Extraordinary National convention committee and the Yobe state Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni is an astute manager of people and an all inclusive leader who carries everyone along irrespective of tribe, religion or political inclination. On assumption of office as the caretaker chairman of the ruling all progressive congress, the first and bold step he took was to pay homage/consult to the party leaders, he first visited Bisi Akande who is also relevant in the party politics before meeting with the cofounder Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu to seek for support and advice on how to sanitize and bring back all the aggrieved members who left or stopped participating in the party affairs for one reason or the other.
The APC caretaker chairman, in his inaugural address after members of the committee were inaugurated assured party members that his led committee would work tirelessly on both short and long term strategies to reposition and bring the lost sanity back to the party, but all he will need is the support and cooperation of the members in other to achieve the reconciliation exercise, all hands must be on deck.
This is therefore another opportunity for Buni to bring complete sanity
back in APC, with his courage of conviction and sense of purpose as the national secretary of the party for 5 years, it is time to show the world what he has achieved in the task to chart the critical path to total political and economic emancipation of the people from the grip of PDP in the 2015 general elections.
With all modesty, one political truth about Buni, is that he is a man gifted with a high degree of intelligence, experience, charismatic leadership and steadfastness needed to fix and restore sanity in APC, with his political insight in the game. Hon. Mai Mala Buni is among those who ushered in the current political dispensation and was the pioneer Yobe state chairman of the Action congress (AC) and later the All Nigeria People Party (ANPP) who are both legacy of APC.
No one can go back in time to change what has happened, so, let’s work on the present to make our party one united family and stronger, Buni said. politicians will always have one of their own because the National chairman of the ruling All progressive congress (APC) Hon. Mai Mala Buni was Born and bred by politics, he became a councillor when the NRC and SDP were birthed. Records of Buni’s Journey through the maze of Nigeria politics indicates that though he may have been or still is the most charismatic and industrious servant, his sweetest dreams somehow always seem to evade him at the moment he needs them the most.
Gov. Buni is one man you’ll always want in your corner during political battle s, his frankness on issues is second to none and always maintained his word. In his few days as the National Chairman of the ruling all progressive congress (APC) he demonstrated to party members and Nigeria as a whole that ” he who calls for equity must come with clean hands” making it clear that the party can contain all and sundry, also ready and willing to resolve all issues with every aggrieved member. That the door is always opened for negotiation and welcoming new members to the progressives.
Mai Mala Buni is known as Mr “Fixer” on his assumption of office he has received Dogara Yakubu and Senator Isah Misau the two powerful political gladiators from Bauchi, Returnees from across the states and he reconciled Edo/Ondo and put in place machineries ahead of the elections.
He reconciled all the APC state chairmen and pleaded with all the aggrieved party members who left to come back and partake in the affairs of the party, that’s the beginning of the return of sanity in APC.
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